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The Royal Horseguards
Ranked #115 of 1,076 Hotels in London
Certificate of Excellence
Reviewed August 7, 2004

Just returned from a weeks stay in London. Booked this hotel through American Airlines package and couldn't be happier. We were travelling with a child so requested a triple. Our first room was fine, but smallish with no view. We checked at the front desk and for 20 pounds per night we were upgraded to a beautiful room with 2 french doors providing Thames River view looking at bridge and the London Eye. Bathroom was big, with separate tub/shower and heated towel rack.
Rooms contained a minibar, laptop access, tv, iron/board, 3 phones, etc. All the comforts of home. We had a king bed and a sofa bed for the child which was fine. Continental breakfast was included which had all kinds of fruit, pastries, cereal, cheese, coldcuts. There was a full breakfast available, but we were fine with this.
This is an older, historic building which has been refurbished and is charming. There is a lounge off the main lobby with a piano player every night. Very relaxing to sit and have tea or whatever.

The location is great. One minute to the Embankment tube stop and Charing Cross Railroad Station. You are 5 minutes walking distance to Trafalagar Square, 10 minutes to Covent Garden, 15 minutes to Leicester and Picadilly Square. You can walk across the bridge and be at the London Eye in 10 minutes and all the attractions on that side of the river. Don't waste your money on expensive cabs. Go to the Embankment Tube stop and buy a pass. There is an assitance desk to get tickets and they will give you advice/map on how to get all over the city. It is very easy and cost effective so don't be put off. You can be just about anywhere in under 20 minutes.

There are many good restaurants in walking distance, so don't confine yourself to the hotel. Enjoy- you won't be sorry.

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Reviewed June 29, 2004

Stayed at the Horseguards for 7 nights from June 15-June 22. Reserved a deluxe twin with breakfast included. Room was small, but in the newer section and quiet. We asked to be upgraded and for an additional 20 pounds per night this was done for us 2 days later to a beautiful twin room overlooking the river(some road noise on the front view). The breakfast was tasty and well presented. The staff was helpful and friendly. All in all a nice hotel and considering that London is now the 2nd most expensive city in the world not a bad price-97 pounds per night, excluding tax. The location is absolutely fantastic and very close to the tube station and Trafalgar square. I would definitely stay there again.

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Reviewed June 24, 2004

Marvelous place to stay in London. We booked tru Globus Travel and everything was taken careof for us. Breakfast was included. Although its always the same food: croissant, stickybuns, cereals, yogurts, fruits salad, coldcuts, cheese, scrambled eggs, backbacon, beans in tomato sauce, hashbrowns...
Eating a big breakfast may save you a lunch.
Everything is very expensive: 10-12Pounds per meal thats 25$cnd... each.
Our room was cozy, 2 single beds, large bathroom with heated towel rack, trouser press.
Concierge was very helpful and made all our reservations for us; theater, excursions, (stonehenge touching the stones by Premium Tours is a must).
This hotel is very old and charmy and HUGE. It appears in almost every picture of London for its just in front of the London Eye.
The tube Embankment is two steps away, and 10min walk up the street to Trafalgar square, another 10 min to Piccadilly. Other Thistle hotel look nice but Horseguards is quiet and central to every major attraction.

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Reviewed May 23, 2004

We stayed there from May 5-17, 2004. We chose this hotel due to it's ideal location-- right on the Thames river, one block from the nearest tube (Embankment), and within a few blocks of many restaurants and attractions (Buckingham Palace, Regents Park, London Eye, Parliament, Westminster Abbey, Trafalgar Square, and many museums).

The hotel also offers a great full breakfast buffet, so if you are on a budget, be sure get that included in the rate. Given the exhorbant cost of food (the dollar is pathically weak as of this writing), all the meals will surely add up.

On the down side, the hotel rooms are not that great. We stayed for 12 nights and stayed in 3 different rooms: a "coutyard view", a front view and the River View. If you can get a higher up room (7th and above), river side, you'll be happier. Don't be fooled by the cheap courtyard rooms. The "courtyard" is really the ugly interior of the building with nothing to look at but more of the building and lots of trash. We asked for another room and got the front view for 20 extra pounds a night. The front view is currently partially obstructued by scaffolding (and noisy contruction workers), so don't choose that room until the major renovation is done. The river is great, if noisy, but on the 7th floor it's not les noisy (and the view is better). It costs an extra 20 pounds per night (or $40) to gaurantee a deluxe river view room, and well worth it. Don't just show up and try your luck-- you won't have any! I recommend calling the hotel directly and NOT relying on a travel agent or web site for this room.

The shower in the River view room was pretty bad, but the it was better in the other rooms. Also, the beds were very lumpy. No pillowtops here! But I overheard another couple saying the newly renovated rooms on the north side have new furniture, so maybe those beds are better. You can ask.

On a side note, it's hard to get healthy green vegatables in this city. If you're only in town for a few days, no biggie. But a week or longer, the body needs more than scones and crepes. Thai to the rescue! We located a good Thai restaurant a few blocks away, across from Trafalgar Square (Thai Square on Cockspur Street). You can order a whole plate of brocolli in oyster sauce and, fresh or not, it never tasted better, let me tell you.

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Address: 2 Whitehall Court, London SW1A 2EJ, England
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Location: United Kingdom > England > London > Westminster
Amenities:
Bar / Lounge Business Center with Internet Access Fitness Center with Gym / Workout Room Free High Speed Internet ( WiFi ) Restaurant Room Service Suites Wheelchair access
Hotel Style:
#39 Romantic Hotel in London
#43 Family Hotel in London
#60 Business Hotel in London
#101 Luxury Hotel in London
Price Range: $261 - $448 (Based on Average Rates for a Standard Room)
Hotel Class:5 star — The Royal Horseguards 5*
Number of rooms: 282
Official Description (provided by the hotel):
This majestic five-star hotel presides over the River Thames. From glittering chandeliers to contemporary design, this central hotel near the London Eye reflects a proud heritage. Expect more, with free wi-fi throughout the hotel, fully refurbished Victorian splendour, award-winning dining, afternoon tea and sumptuous river view suites. ... more   less 
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